THE NATURAL & THE MANUFACTURED 2006
August 3 to September 22, 2006
Klondike Institute of Art & Culture
Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
ODD Gallery Installation
August 17 – September 21, 2006
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Thursday, August 17, 7 PM
August 3 – September 6, 2006
Artist’s Talk & Opening Reception: Sunday, August 6, 4:30 PM
Outdoor Site-specific Installations
August 18 – September 22, 2006
Dawson City & Whitehorse, Yukon
A thematic residency and exhibition project organized by the ODD Gallery and KIAC’s Artist in Residence program, The Natural & The Manufactured presents site-specific exhibitions by nationally recognized artists: Peter Flemming, Haruko Okano, and Veronica Verkley. In our second year of this on-going project we are pleased to welcome new program partners: The Ted Harrison Artist Retreat (THARS) and the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery, thereby expanding the scope of The Natural & The Manufactured from Crag Lake through Whitehorse up the Yukon River to Dawson.
Central to the theme of The Natural & The Manufactured is the environment and a strong sense of place. All the artworks play off their locations from the quiet white box of the ODD Gallery interior to the banks of the Yukon River. Inside the gallery Haruko Okano has transformed the space into Arboretum Arborescence, an installation of tall funnel like forms constructed from gathered pine needles. The forms are delicate and almost sheer; they feel like spirits or echoes to the dense forest which surrounds us.
Another such echo is found on the shore of the Yukon River; Peter Flemming’s Canoe is in essence an artificial river, through which a robotic arm endlessly paddles. The action is meditative as the water swirls around the wooden paddle yet so plainly manufactured that it questions our relationship to mechanization, nature, and leisure.
Veronica Verkley has produced site-specific installations in Dawson City and Whitehorse utilizing locally available natural and found materials. Ground Truthing was planned while Verkely was in residence at THARS and constructed on-site(s). The project as a whole provides a re-interpretation on how we relate, react and view our regional landscapes and in turn how these social, cultural and aesthetic agendas impact the land itself.
The Natural & The Manufactured is conceived as an ongoing, annual project to involve visual, media and interdisciplinary artists, curators, art historians, writers and cultural thinkers through residencies, exhibitions, lectures, essays and workshops.